Job Description

Job Title: Research Specialist
Job ID: 52307102
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Community Medicine
Department: 55891 ZCMS1 Orthopaedic Specialists
Location: 9100 Babock Blvd, Pittsburgh PA 15237


Orthopaedic Specialists of UPMC is looking for a Research Specialist! This is a Full-Time position with up to 40 hours per week. Hours range Monday - Friday between 8:00am - 4:30pm. This position will be responsible for managing research and coordinating lab activities. 

The Research Specialist position is a specialized research professional responsible for oversight and compliance of the anatomic laboratory at UPMC Passavant and the associate research and training activities conducted there. The Research Specialist ensures that clinical research activities are performed in accordance with federal regulations and University of Pittsburgh and UPMC policies and procedures.

The Research Specialist will assist faculty in the development of materials and tools needed to train students, residents and fellows engaged in research activities in the UPMC Passavant laboratory. They will also assist faculty in ensuring that all research staff and key personnel meet training requirements in accordance with federal regulations and university policies and procedures.

Independently execute job functions for research protocol(s). Collect and gather research data for research project.

  • Independently execute job functions for research protocol(s) including recruitment, scheduling appointments, obtaining written consent forms, collecting data by conducting phone or face to face interviews for research project(s).
  • Collaborate with senior research personnel regarding recruitment, data collection, outcomes of interviews, reports according to the needs of the study.

  • Prepares CORID applications, modifications, and renewals as well as anatomic specimen requests for review and approval of the PI.
  • Assures that all activities conducted in the UPMC Passavant laboratory are compliant   with the Lab Policies and Procedures of Anatomic Specimens policies and procedures developed by the Office for Oversight of Anatomic Specimens
  • Maintain and monitor cadaveric inventory for all PI/Course Directors of the lab

  • Monitor and verify ongoing compliance of all clinical research cadaveric activity and training participants in the lab and Industry representatives. 

  • Assure that Industry representatives meet all UPMC and University of Pittsburgh requirements 

  • Organize cadaveric clinical training lab schedule for the year with dates for all Course Directors of the lab and be present for all clinical trainings. This includes all industry supported clinical trainings with approved CORID(s) and signed Industry Agreement(s) in place.

  • Maintain and update arthroscopic, dissection surgical instrumentation and extremity holders

  • Assist in technical support as needed

  • Maintain and update Laboratory Manual 


  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in psychology, neuroscience, sociology or related research field.
  • Minimum of one year of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting is required.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required.
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

    Salary Range: $14.87 to $22.70 / hour

    Union Position: No

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